It's true! And she's really lovely, currently lounging next to me as I write. Georgie has a face full of lipstick and is asking if I can get her a ladder so she can be a helper, lest you think it's quiet around here. Hildegard Ramona Guinn Anderson* was born on July 30th, after two … Continue reading Hilde Is Here
I like painting my nails. It’s sort of how I like cleaning the bathroom, a small room that can be done in an hour. I can’t handle the commitment to a daily makeup or hair routine, my clothes are a mess, but I can find a color that makes me happy, and throw it on … Continue reading My D&C, Or: I Know It Was Supposed To Be Terrible, But It Wasn’t & Here’s Why, Or: On Barbecue & Babies, Manicures & Miscarriage
It's no secret to anyone who has known me for any amount of time (or sometimes even to the nice mom I meet in the coffee shop, within about five minutes of chatting--sorry, nice person!) that I have struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life. Like many chronic illnesses, it ebbs and … Continue reading How I Cope
We live ten miles from the hospital, which in New York driving speak means anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and change to get to the hospital. I cranked up the Bach on WQXR and moaned my lowest, calmest om-iest moans. I rolled down the window and let the rain and wind hit me … Continue reading Georgie, A Birth Story: Active Labor and Gettin’ Born’d
As the end of my pregnancy with Georgie approached, I felt tremendously confident in my ideas about all-caps BIRTH--the conceptual, pluralistic, nebulous ideas about the kinds of birth experiences that should be afforded to all women. Evidence-based, empowering, unjudged. Freedom to make decisions and access resources without a shred of fear-mongering of any stripe (Your … Continue reading Georgie, A Birth Story: Early Labor
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 5:45 pm, we welcomed Georgette Beatrice Guinn Anderson to our little family. Georgie was 9 lbs, 2 oz, and 21 inches long. She was born with dark hair dotted with sweet little stork bites, fingernails that already needed a clipping, all wriggles and squeals. I was … Continue reading Welcome, Georgie Bea!
Read the first part of our birth story here. Read the second part of our birth story here. And then I had a baby! That’s what I felt like, anyway, after months and weeks and days and hours on hours of waiting. I was fully dilated! Here comes baby! I mean, all I had to … Continue reading Birth Story, Part III